[EDEQUITY Discussion] Bullying, teasing, gender

From: Kelly Clark (clark@geneseo.edu)
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 13:37:42 EDT

You know Jan,

I can't help but think of the kids I know who have overheard teachers
talking amongst themselves about those behaviors in boys. When teachers do
it, what are the kids supposed to think. I can't help but think of the gym
teachers who say "don't be a sissy", the teacher who puts the blue crayon
the boys hand instead of the pink, or shoos him out of the doll corner and
over to the trucks and blocks.

Until we get a grip as adults, the children don't stand a chance. The only
way to do this is for all of the adults our districts to make a commitment
to bias awareness training. And just like vaccines, once is not enough, we
have to go back every few years for booster-training, and in between we
to engage in healthful behaviors to keep from getting sick, so regular
meetings or case studies shared among staff are important.

Kelly Clark
SUNY Geneseo

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